I'm only 32 but my skin is starting to make me look much older. I don't have wrinkles, but my skin is just grey-looking and dull and has dry patches as well as blackheads and the odd spot!
Background: I suffered terrible acne as a teen and young adult, until I was put on RoAccutane. This performed the miracle of ridding me of the spots, but I do still have discolouration scars (not pitting) and my skin still marks very easily if I get the odd zit. It's very sensitive and 'burns' easily if I use harsh chemicals.
At the moment I cleanse with babywipes and moisturise twice a day with Estee Lauder Visible Difference, and exfoliate with St Ives several times a week. I get enough sleep and drink plenty of water. After I came off RoAccutane I had lovely, glowing skin for years, but it's all gone down the pan since I hit 30!!
I feel like the wipes aren't enough, so I'd like recommendations for a gentle but thorough cleanser, maybe with exfoliating properties, and maybe some sort of brightening serum? I've heard good things about Liz Earle and Clinique, any thoughts? When I look in the mirror I feel like I'm in black and white!
I would definitely ditch the baby wipes completely & exfoliator too for a while. They are both very harsh. I suspect you think that as you're seeing your face as grey you think it needs scrubbing clean? But I think it needs more gentle treatment to tight itself. A good creamy cleanser removed with a hot, wet muslin cloth will be more cleansing yet gentle. Try Boots, they do a good range of cleansers in their own brands for all skin types at reasonable prices. I like the No7 balm one or their hot cloth one. Have you thought of a mask? Using a cleansing but gentle mask once a week should help with the greyness.